August 29, 2003

Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology Primer by Leda Cosmides and John Tooby

An interesting article on Evolutionary psychology.

Posted at 07:33 PM

August 27, 2003

Tiresias the hermaphrodite

Tiresias interrupted two mating snakes one evening and was turned into a woman. Years later when the same thing happened again he was turned back into a man. This experience was consulted by Zeus and Hera to end their dispute about who enjoyed sex the most. Tiresias sided with Zeus and was struck blind by Hera.

Posted at 08:07 PM

Vicar of Wakefield

When lovely woman stoops to folly, And finds too late that men betray, What charm can soothe her melancholy, What art can wash her guilt away?

The only art her guilt to cover,
To hide her shame from every eye,
To give repentance to her lover,
And wring his bosom--is to die.

Oliver Goldsmith's Vicar of Wakefield chronicles the life of Primrose.

Posted at 08:04 PM

Mendacity of Presidents

"The Mendacity Index" by Washington Monthly Staff

An interesting article on the lies that presidents tell.

Posted at 07:38 PM

August 25, 2003

My kind of company


Posted at 09:49 AM

August 21, 2003

Rocking on without M$

Tech News -

An interesting article on a company's transition away from M$

Posted at 03:49 PM

August 19, 2003

More Oracle issues

Google Groups: View Thread "What means: Shared memory realm does not exist?"

So I had this problem on a Win XP box (keywords: win32 windows, windows NT, Win2k, windows 2000). All of a sudden my app server refused to work. It would complain that:

== ORA-01034: ORACLE not available
== ORA-27101: shared memory realm does not exist

I tried restarting my machine. I tried restarting the Oracle DB. I tried connecting from Net 8 Assistant to no avail. The magic incantation is:

sqlplus /nolog
connect sys/ORACLE as sysdba

(ORACLE is the default password if you haven't taken the time to change it).

Posted at 03:37 PM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2003


Meetings don't solve problems. People do -- me

I am tired of people scheduling meetings in the assumption that problems will be solved by the presence of a few people in a room. Meetings are great to make sure everybody agrees on what we have to do. But on the whole people just need to go out there and work on the problem to solve it.

Posted at 12:49 PM

August 14, 2003

Spam Check with a twist

Mailinator allows you to give your email address and not worry about it being used for spam. THe only problem is that the email goes away in a few hours. Maybe if it stuck around for a couple of days it would be better. Its a great idea never the less


Posted at 01:53 PM

Web Design

A must for web designers (like me who have no feel for color). A tool that generates complementary colors for any selection

Quick Color

Posted at 01:46 PM


A vast chronicle of different accents (while speaking English ofcourse!)
accent archive

Posted at 01:35 PM

August 13, 2003

Trading on news

News futures

Posted at 02:33 PM

Its not what you think

sexing chicks

Posted at 11:16 AM

One life to live

Remember that no man loses any other life than this which he now lives, nor lives any other than this which he now loses.

Marcus Aurelius

Posted at 09:24 AM

August 08, 2003


When a rendering engine has to render any given object there are two possible ways of doing this. One is to paint all pixels that fall in the middle of the shape. But the problem with this approach is that even though it is fast, on systems with large pixels you end up with a jagged effect. For example when zooming in on pictures you see this problem. This mechanism of painting only the middle of all shapes is called aliasing.

The better mechanism is anti-aliasing. In this method, the redering engine calculates the intersection of every pixel with the shape and coloring them in propotion with how they're present. This way if a pixel is not completely covered by a shape it is still colored but at a lower intensity.

How does this work: The rendering engine calculates the coverage values for all the pixels affected by the shape. These alpha values

Posted at 04:20 PM

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